Here are my predictions for tomorrow's DGA nominations:
Michel Hazanavicius "The Artist"
Alexander Payne "The Descendants"
Tate Taylor "The Help"
Martin Scorsese "Hugo"
Steven Spielberg "War Horse"
Other Contenders - Terrence Malick "The Tree of Life", Bennett Miller "Moneyball", Woody Allen "Midnight in Paris", Stephen Daldry "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close", David Fincher "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo", Paul Feig "Bridesmaids", George Clooney "The Ides of March"
Commentary - I legitimately think that all of the names mentioned above, including the Other Contenders have a shot at getting a nomination tomorrow. Hazanavicius, Payne, and Scorsese are safe bets, and I think the directors will reward Spielberg, as War Horse really is all about Spielberg's passion. It is the last slot that is giving me trouble. The Tree of Life needs this to stay in the race, and Malick definitely has a shot. Clooney, Fincher and Miller all have popular films and have been here before. Daldry could slip in despite lack of ELAIC support, and Feig could ride the Bridesmaids wave. If I were going for a dark horse though, it would be Woody Allen, whose Midnight in Paris is sailing through the precursors with lots of support.